“He did not leave Himself without a witness, in that He did good, gave us rain from heaven and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness.” Acts 14:17
Don’t you love the bright yellow and orange colors of fall? As a southern girl living in New England, I was amazed at the beauty of God’s nature at Thanksgiving. The leaves of the maple trees turned from green to golden before my eyes. The sun shining on the golden leaves was spectacular! Weekend outings were rewarded with a bounty of pumpkins and apples from the orchards. Our hearts were full.
Isn’t it interesting that a season in nature can produce such feelings of joy and fullness within us? In Acts, Paul says, “He did not leave Himself without a witness”. Nature and the miracle of changing seasons are part of that witness. We can see that God gives us rain and fruit in season. Paul goes on to say God “fills our hearts with food and gladness”. God provides us with food not only for our tables, but also with nourishment for our hearts. God delights in giving. The family, fellowship and food we enjoy should remind us of God’s goodness. As we break the bread of Thanksgiving, be reminded of our constant dependence on God. No matter what we receive from God, be humbled this season by Him, the source of all blessings.
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Remember that the bread and the blessing are from God’s hand. Search for something new to include in your Thanksgiving prayer this year. Is there something that you had not previously counted as a blessing?
Dear Heavenly Father – We know that every good and perfect gift comes from You. We thank You for Your bounty. We are humbled that You provide for our physical needs and the condition of our hearts. Lord, we gather as family and friends to give You praise and thanksgiving. Amen
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